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by Lusaka Times,  Monday, September 17, 2012, 5:26 pm

President Michael Sata, today met 15 chiefs from Southern Province. This is according to a press statement made available to the media by State House.

The chiefs who held a closed-door meeting with the Head of State at State House include chief Mukuni, chief Nyama, chief Chikanta, chief Simwatachela, chief Singani, chief Macha, chief Sinazongwe, chief Chipepo, senior chief Monze, chief Hamusonde, chief Mwanachingwala, chief Simamba, senior chief Nalubamba, chief Shimbizi and chief Kaingu.

During the meeting the traditional leaders, who spoke through chief Chikanta thanked the President for the opportunity to engage him on several matters affecting the country.

“We would like to congratulate you Your Excellency for winning the 2011 tripartite elections and thank you most sincerely for what we consider as positive developments that your Government have effected in the last one year,” chief Chikanta said.

“We the 15 chiefs of Southern Province gathered here and on behalf of other chiefs in Southern Province do hereby state that we will work with the Government of the day and other stakeholders in promoting development and good governance in the country.”

The chiefs submitted that among the positive developments recorded during President Sata’s one year in office are:

(1) The streamlining of agriculture inputs and supplies to improve distribution to deserving small scale farmers.
(2) Creation of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.
(3) Increasing of chiefs subsidies [from K1 million – K4 million] as well as retainers wages.
(4) Banning of tujijili and enforcing of laws regulating beer drinking.
(5) Relocating of Southern Province headquarters from Livingstone to Choma and the creation of four (4) new districts namely: Chirundu, Chikankata, Pemba, Zimba and many others in the country.
(6) Making Livingstone a tourist capital.
(7) Creation of Muchinga Province.
(Cool Intention to construct chiefs’ palaces throughout the country and providing mobile phone towers in all chiefdoms.
(9) Economic empowerment to all chiefdoms by giving contracts such as bush clearing along power lines by Zesco among others.”

In response, President Sata, who was flanked by justice minister Hon. Wynter Kabimba, chiefs and traditional affairs minister Prof. Nkandu Luo and deputy minister in the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health Hon. Jean Kapata, assured the chiefs of his Government’s commitment in ensuring that development is taken to Southern Province.
“During the campaigns I promised the people of Southern Province that I will give them the Bottom Road immediately I am elected. Obviously, you have seen that works on the Bottom Road are moving very fast. Shortly, we will be moving to the Monze – Namwala Road once we organise resources,” the Head of State said.

“My Government is committed to address the problems facing our traditional leadership countrywide no wonder we resolved to give you a specific ministry [Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs] within our establishment.”

President Sata agreed with the chiefs’ concern on the need to have more interactions between the Government and the traditional leadership.

The President stressed that chiefs were a vital component in the governance of the country.
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